Strawberry Festival

Photos by Patricia Shallert and Yana Khiyod

On Saturday the 18th and 19th of May, the Strawberry Festival came to the Ventura Fairgrounds. It was an exciting and vibrant event that showcased the area’s rich agricultural heritage as it celebrated the delicious and juicy fruit that has become synonymous with this beautiful coastal city. This festival, which takes place annually brings together locals and visitors from all around to revel in the tastiest treats, lively entertainment, and an overall sense of community.

At the heart of the festival were the delectable strawberries, freshly picked and bursting with flavor. Local farmers proudly displayed their pride and joy, offering crates of these succulent red berries, perfect for indulging on their own or incorporating into various delightful culinary creations. From strawberry shortcakes to strawberry smoothies, and strawberry beer, the options were endless, and the taste sweet and satisfying. One of the highlights of the Strawberry Festival was undoubtedly the Strawberry Shortcake with volunteers from Pacifica Culinary Academy from Oxnard adding to the excitement as guests built their own shortcake tower.

The Strawberry Festival offered more than just strawberries. It boasted a diverse range of entertainment and activities suitable for all ages. The air was filled with the sounds of live music throughout the festival, courtesy of talented local bands and performers. Oxnard High School’s award-winning marching “Swarm ” band set the mood as guests arrived. Arts and crafts booths delighted visitors as they perused the talents of local artists, while a dedicated family fun section entertained children with thrilling carnival rides, face painting, and interactive games.

While strawberries were the star of the show, the Strawberry Festival ultimately celebrated the community, local farmers, and the vibrant spirit of Ventura and Oxnard. It fostered a sense of togetherness and appreciation for the area’s unique cultural heritage. Whether you’re a strawberry enthusiast or simply seeking a fun-filled weekend getaway, make sure to mark the Strawberry Festival at the Ventura Fairgrounds as a must-attend event on your calendar.

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